Linares named August Player of Month

Portland outfielder led all EL hitters with 1.065 OPS in 28 games

J.C. Linares tied for the league lead with a .368 average in August. (Kevin Pataky/

By Eastern League | September 5, 2013 11:52 AM ET

Portland, Maine -- The Eastern League is pleased to announce that Portland Sea Dogs outfielder J.C. Linares has been named the Eastern League Player of the Month for the month of August.

Linares batted .368 (42-for-114) with 12 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 25 RBIs, 20 runs scored, a .416 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage in 28 games during the month for the Sea Dogs. The 28-year old kicked off the month with a nine-game hitting streak and was even better at the end of the month, collecting hits in 11 straight games to close out the month. He had at least one hit in 23 of the 28 games he played in during the month and finished the month with 15 multi-hit games, including collecting a season-high four hits while driving in two runs and scoring three times in a 9-3 win at New Hampshire on Aug. 29. That four-hit performance helped Linares capture the Eastern League Player of the Week honors for the period of Aug.26 -Sept. 2.

The Havana, Cuba native led all Eastern League players in total bases (74) and OPS (1.065) during the month of August and tied for the league lead in batting average (.368), hits (42), doubles (12) and slugging percentage (.649). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound slugger also finished ranked among the monthly leaders in extra-base hits (19-second), RBI (25-third), runs scored (20-tied fifth), home runs (6-tied fifth) and on-base percentage (.416-seventh).

Linares, who batted .276 with 24 doubles, eight home runs, 51 RBI and 44 runs scored in 81 games for the Sea Dogs this season, was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on July 8, 2010.

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